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Ho-Chunk Nation's Beloit Casino project approved

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City of Beloit Wisconsin and Seal of Ho-Chunk Nation

BELOIT -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs has given final approval towards the action of placing approximately 33 acres of land into trust for the Ho-Chunk Nation's Beloit Casino project.

This decision enables the tribe to move forward with the final design, infrastructure work, and construction on the planned development. 

"The nation, our partners, and this community have been anticipating this moment for years," says Vice President Karena Thundercloud.

"There's been some skepticism about the timeline because of the nation's reliance on the federal processes but we've been confident in the project's viability and look forward to a bright future for Beloit, the state of Wisconsin, and the Ho-Chunk Nation."

Kecak is the Ho-Chunk name for the historic village where Beloit now resides.

"Our community has eagerly awaited the groundbreaking for this high-quality complex that will provide an additional boost to our economy," says Beloit City Manager Lori Curtis. 

"We appreciate the thorough review and approval of the project so that our city can welcome the Ho-Chunk Nation home to Kecak. The city of Beloit remains committed  to being a good partner with the tribe as they begin the development for this entertainment destination."

When 13 WREX asked what will be different from Rockford's new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Curtis continued, "This project is truly unique. It is going to incorporate hotel space and convention center space, water park, several restaurants, potentially retail, this is an entertainment destination - it is not a standalone facility. And so that kind of a destination where tourists will be drawn to come and stay."

The Beloit Casino project is projected to bring 3,000 construction jobs to Beloit. 

Once open, the entertainment destination is expected to bring 1,300 permanent full-time jobs.

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